I wish I could share this treat with you. It is a pastry that celebrates February 5. I had a wonderful Runeberg cake on Wednesday in the cafe at the library and I will seek one out again today.
Everywhere in Turku you can find a Runeberg cake. They are in all the pastry shops and grocery stores. Why this sudden proliferation of the flag and the Runeberg cake? February 5 is the anniversary of the birth of Johan Ludvig Runeberg. This begs the question: Who was Johan Ludvig Runeberg?
For starters Runeberg wrote the words to the Finnish national anthem. I expect (hope) we will be hearing the anthem during the Vancouver Olympics. Here are the words in Finnish and English.
- Oi maamme, Suomi, synnyinmaa,
- soi, sana kultainen!
- Ei laaksoa, ei kukkulaa,
- ei vettä, rantaa rakkaampaa
- kuin kotimaa tää pohjoinen,
- maa kallis isien.
- Sun kukoistukses kuorestaan
- kerrankin puhkeaa;
- viel' lempemme saa nousemaan
- sun toivos, riemus loistossaan,
- ja kerran laulus, synnyinmaa
- korkeemman kaiun saa.
- Our land, our land, our fatherland,
- Sound loud, O name of worth!
- No mount that meets the heaven's band,
- No hidden vale, no wavewashed strand,
- Is loved, as is our native North,
- Our own forefathers' earth.
- Thy blossom, in the bud laid low,
- Yet ripened shall upspring.
- See! From our love once more shall grow
- Thy light, thy joy, thy hope, thy glow!
- And clearer yet one day shall ring
- The song our land shall sing